Dundalk Fri, 6th Nov, 2020
Kuwait Direction Sam Ewing rode him in the claimer the other day and thought stepping up to seven might suit him but we already had him declared for this so we said there was nothing to lose, that we'd be positive and see how he gets on. His mark was blown after finishing tenth in the Coventry last year, when only beaten a few lengths, and if he couldn't win a maiden he was never going to win a handicap. He just needed to find his level. He'll have options over five, six and maybe even seven. We'll keep him busy. He only cost £8,000 and we were actually told that we'd never keep him sound. We got a small job done on him when we got him back and touch wood he hasn't had a lame day.
Dundalk Fri, 2nd Oct, 2020
Frenetic She's very fast and is probably the fastest two-year-old over five that's ran in the country so far. You can wipe out the last day when she had to travel over to Doncaster. There was wind in her face and it was a horrible day. She was buzzy with William (Buick) and he said she did too much early doors but today she nice and relaxed. I said to Colin beforehand that she was nice and quiet today and that's the way to have her and we'll be able to ride her today. To do that from 15, to get over, was a tough ask. There is still a bit of improvement in her as she was green in the last 150 yards, wandering about. She's in the Mercury but Ger will peak to Ed Sackville, racing manager for the owners, to see if we will stop now and train her for next year. We were delighted with that and she's done nothing wrong all year. There were excuses for a couple of her runs and when she got beat in Naas she was beaten by a proper horse of Ken Condon's (Miss Amulet).
Leopardstown Thu, 20th Aug, 2020
Finans Bay I suppose he had the form and the rating to win it but in those extreme conditions you are never that happy. He coped with it,. Ronan said the race fell apart a bit and he was there plenty soon enough, but he's a decent horse and he's improving, getting better with every run. It's nice to get the maiden out of the way as the year was kicking on. While it wasn't ideal, we thought it was an opportunity for him and we'll step him up in grade now. He stepped up from a mile there and I'm sure he'd go another furlong as well, if he needed to, especially on ground that he would like. We'll see what the handicapper thinks of that. He's a progressive horse, I like him as he has a great mind and I think he'll only get better.
Curragh Fri, 14th Aug, 2020
Frenetic I blame myself for her in Naas. The best horse won on the day but I didn’t train her for that race and we ran as an afterthought which you can’t do. She’s in the Ballyhane race at Naas next week. We’ll do the right thing by the filly and if she is absolutely squealing and bouncing she might turn up. The Flying Childers is another possibility in Doncaster but with the way Covid is I’d like to campaign her here.
Cork Sat, 8th Aug, 2020
Sloane Peterson She had to do it the hard way on her own, she is very honest and is probably better off going back up in trip again. The plan was to get her ready for the Ballyhane Stakes (worth €320,000 but which doesn't carry black-type status) on August 23 so if we didn't run here, there weren't too many options for her over six furlongs. She has a nice pedigree and it is good for Craig (Bernick, owner) who gave a nice few quid for her at the sales last year. Ultimately the plan is to get black-type and to be part of Craig's broodmare band but we might have a shot at the money first!
Gowran Park Sat, 25th Jul, 2020
Kodiac Prince To get two in the one week is great, after waiting so long for one. I'm delighted with him and he has improved since his last run at Leopardstown, hopefully he'll improve again from that. Rory got a good feel from him at Leopardstown and he seems to be progressing, and going the right way. Hopefully the handicapper won't be too hard on him now and we can have another day out of him. I'll have a chat with Helena and Matty O'Toole that own him and we'll see what there is now. I can't imagine he'll come back for a couple of weeks.
Cork Sun, 12th Jul, 2020
Nebo He has had a lot of problems; he had a very good run at the Curragh last year over a mile and was in such good form the following day he reared up and slapped over and broke his wither,. So he’s about an inch and a half smaller than he was last year and it took a lot of time and patience to get him back. Everything settled back but it took him a while to get going. His owners had the patience to wait and thankfully they were rewarded. Maybe we might look at the mile handicap at Galway or else go for a Listed race; it is depending on what attitude the handicapper takes. He is an exciting horse, he is only a small horse but carried 9st11lbs today.